WUHAN, CHINA, 2014
A verdant, water-laced territory between a major industrial installation and a developing city demands very special treatment. The goal of this project is a triple one: preservation, mediation, and improvement. We seek, above all, to enhance the existing resources of water, forests, topography, agriculture, and rural life. Thus, our first move has been a close investigation of site hydrology to assure that run-off and flooding are treated with care, that the aquifer is recharged, and that no water enters the lakes that has not been remediated to a level cleaner than that of the lakes themselves. To do this, we employ a variety of natural means, including an extensive network of bio-swales and a series of constructed wetlands – biological filters. It is also our intention to employ extensive systems of rainwater harvesting for site use and to implement a grey water system for both sanitation and cultivation. We note the existence of a sewage plant on site and hope that this will be constructed to the highest environmental standards.
Credits: Michael Sorkin, Makoto Okazaki, Ying Liu, Jie Gu, Ana Peñalba, Malica Schmidt
Collaborators: Shidan Cheng, Yongjia Liu, Siqi Xie, Yan Li, Yang Gu, Kuncheng Li, Wen Zhang, Chao Xu, Songya Wang, Yuze Wang, Shangwei Ren